Martin Crowe Paid Tribute by Marylebone Cricket Club, Lord's Flag Flies at Half Mast
Martin Crowe, who died at the age of 53 after a long battle with cancer, was shown respect by Marylebone Cricket Club, who flew their flag at Lord's at half mast
Martin Crowe, former New Zealand captain who died on Thursday, was paid tribute by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) as they flew their flag at half mast at the Lord's. (Former New Zealand Cricket Captain Martin Crowe Dies at 53)
Crowe died at the age of 53 after a prolonged battle with with cancer. The Kiwi great, who played 77 Tests and 143 One-Day Internationals, was an honorary life member of the MCC and it confirmed on Friday that the flag at Lord's would be flown at half mast as a mark of respect, according to a report in stuff.co.nz. (Martin Crowe's Demise Sad Day For Cricket: Mahendra Singh Dhoni)
"Crowe's association with MCC and Lord's began in 1981 when as a young player he shone on the MCC young cricketers scheme scoring 103* for the YCs against MCC in the annual match at Lord's that year," the MCC said in a statement.
"He was one of five players on that year's intake who went on to play test cricket, the others being Neil Williams and Dermot Reeve of England and Australia's Tim Zoehrer and Wayne Phillips.
"Crowe went on to serve as an inaugural member of the MCC world cricket committee, where he was particularly passionate in defending the primacy of test cricket.
MCC world cricket committee chairman and former England captain Mike Brearley also lauded Crowe.
"He was a remarkable man, and will be much missed in the cricket world. I remember him as powerful, solid, with all the shots. He played the ball very late and was courageous in every way," Brearley said.
"I got to know him later, when we were both on MCC's world cricket committee, from 2006 to 2013. Marty was frank, articulate and passionate about cricket, especially test cricket.
"He held strong views and argued for them forcefully. He was also generous and warm.
"He fought with tremendous courage against his disease. He seemed to have reached a place of peace and acceptance, despite the pain, discomfort and decline of bodily strength that ensued.
"He was a remarkable man, and will be much missed in the cricket world. We at MCC and at the WCC are grateful to have known him."